Project Participants Conclude Preparatory Webinars
Partners in the Welcome through Football project held a second preparatory webinar last week ahead of the start of the implementation phase of the programme. Two of the partners – Everton in the Community (Eitc) and Apollon Limassol were due to give updates regarding their projects to complete the process of all clubs and foundations giving a situation report. However, the latter did not due to technical reasons.
Everton in the Community presented on how much the Covid-19 pandemic has affected their programme and the plans in place as the next phase of the project is set to be implemented in the coming weeks. The highlight of Everton in the Community presentation was about one of their success stories – a participant named Jacob. He had a keen interest in football and was helped by Eitc staff to pursue his coaching level 1 and 2 and refereeing badges and is now seeking refereeing as a profession.
Everton gave updates on the financial and reporting aspects of their project and the various communication channels they will use. The foundation and all the other clubs were also reminded about the frequency of content creation and posting on their social media channels, tagging the appropriate organisations and updating the online project resource site. Regarding, monitoring and evaluation, clubs and foundations were introduced to the new monitoring and evaluation tool – Upshot. Training for club staff will be organised in the coming weeks and months.
Welcome Through Football is a project funded by the UEFA Foundation for Children. From January 2020, EFDN has collaborated with seven clubs to carry out this programme, and will continue to do so until June 2022. All of these clubs and their foundations are committed to promoting quality of youth work, intercultural dialogue and tolerance and acceptance of diversity in society. There will be another webinar and/or meeting in October.